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Female fighter jet pilot from the Piedmont now a parenting book author

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STOKES COUNTY, N.C. – Kim Arrington Johnson has always been a go-getter.

"If I had one word for a female in the United States Naval Academy, it would be humbling," Johnson said. "Academically and physically in every way, I was challenged to the utmost."

The South Stokes High School graduate was one of the first female fighter jet pilots and flew many combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Then, she had two girls, now ages 3 and 5, and while pregnant, discovered quickly that parenting can be even more complex than flying a fighter jet.

"I had spent my entire adult life in this action-packed environment and all of sudden, waiting for the baby, I started reading and doing research. Then, the more I read, the more questions I had," remembers Johnson.

These days, Kim is on a different mission. After 6 years of research, she's the author of "The Parent's Pocket Checklist" books, named after the same kind of “to-do, check-off” lists that helped her succeed in her naval aviator days.

The books are sold on Amazon.com and tackle just about every question a new parent might have, from the basics of sleeping and eating, to issues that are more complicated, such as toxins in food and ADHD.

"I am just so convicted that parents today are overwhelmed because they're busy, working more hours than ever before. They don't have time to research everything they'd like to. I want to share what I've learned, present it in an easy, efficient, interesting way and then families can make their own best decisions, without having to do 300 hours of research online."